Insignis Pine

“Who died and made him king of the woods?” Larch said.

Willow leaned over and said, “It’s the name, you know. It’s all in the name.”

“What, ‘Pine’?” Larch snorted. “What’s so special about that?”

“No, the first part. Insignis. It’s very distinguished.”

“Distinguished my root. It’s all flounce, there’s no substance.”

Willow sighed. “I wouldn’t be so sure about that. They say it means ‘remarkable.’” Willow’s branches fluttered in the breeze. “Remarkable.

Larch snorted again. “Any tree that has to put ‘remarkable’ in his name is overcompensating. Did you know we larches come from nobility? We’re an ancient tree line, but do you see us flouncing that around and putting on airs? No. We’re better than that.”

“I think you’re just jealous.”

Larch’s needles bristled. “Jealous? Don’t be ridiculous. My cones are twice the size of his.”

Willow giggled. “That’s not what I heard.”

“Right,” Larch said. “I don’t have to put up with this.”

“Oh, don’t be like that. You know he’s an evergreen, right?” Willow paused. “Evergreen.”

“Hmph, those year-long trees aren’t to be trusted. Sooner or later, the sap is bound to sour.”

“Indeed. No need to get upset over the little things.” Willow giggled. “Little.

“Oh for crying out loud, are you done now?”

Willow’s branches shook as she stifled her laughter. “Yes. Sorry.”

“Moving on,” Larch said.

“Moving on, indeed,” said Willow.



  1. LOLOLOL! This had me giggling madly – love the characters you gave the trees.
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  2. Hahaha this is so cute. 😀

  3. LOL – oh, I love it. So trees compensate for small cones then? 😉
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  4. Lol 😀 All the tree-based innuendo…

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  5. Omg! That was totally hilarious! I laughed loud enough that I was asked what I was laughing about.

    Fantastic post!

  6. Evergreen! They’re making plans while you’re asleep!

  7. N.I.C.E. – and funny thanks Sara! I’m also smiling!

  8. Sara, this tree tale was a hoot. Loved the innuendo and the way they, ahem, bark at each other… great to connect via A to Z! (Thanks for visiting me tooooo…)

    • Sara C. Snider

      Ha! Good one! 😀 Thanks for stopping by Jeri, your ghost posts (hey, a rhyme!) have quickly become one of my favorites. 🙂

  9. How imaginative of you, Sara — the personification of trees; indeed to choose for your A-Z theme “Flash Fiction Based on Trees.”

    Very cool. I enjoyed reading this “Insignis Pine” story.

    Nice meeting you on the A-Zs. I saw your comment on Susan Scott’s Garden of Eden Blog.

    Samantha Mozart

    • Sara C. Snider

      Hi, Samantha and thank you. Glad you stopped by, and very nice to meet you too. 🙂

  10. Hi Sara – well done .. and I agree with your other commenters re the trees’ names .. they are fun and then their conversations … Poor Larch .. cheers Hilary

    • Sara C. Snider

      Thanks, Hilary! And Larch should perhaps try less boasting, hehe. 😉

  11. I love the personification in this one!
    Great job, Sara! 🙂

  12. Michelle Morrison

    Very clever and well done. Hahaha, I didn’t realize trees were concerned about having small cones. 🙂

    • Sara C. Snider

      Haha! Well, Larch might be special in that regard. 😉 Thanks for reading!

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